A HEARTBROKEN mother has told how her 17-year-old daughter was lured to a park by her best friend and beaten while others cheered and filmed the assault, which was shared on Snapchat.
Two teen girls, both 17, have been charged as adults over the alleged ambush, and a third 16-year-old girl is also expected to be charged for filming the attack.
Julie Kross told The US Sun that her daughter Maya Tremillo was visibly attacked after her best friend asked him to meet at Clifton City Park in Texas on April 18.
Ahliah Vestal, 17, told Tremillo to bring some shoes she had borrowed to the park late at night, a request the high school senior found odd, according to Kross.
But when Maya arrived at the park and walked over to her best friend’s car, she was brutally attacked by Savannah Walker, who jumped out of Vestal’s car, per police.
“[Walker] jumped out of the car and the other girl that was filming her also jumped out of the car with her phone, and then [Walker] started yelling at Maya,” Kross told The US Sun.
“Maya turned away to go back to her car and [Walker] hit her in the back of the head and just jumped on her and started beating her.”
Kross and Tremillo had recently filed a police report against Walker for alleged harassments and online threats.
“They were threatening to beat her up and said ‘you better watch your back, we’re gonna kick your ass,'” said Kross.
“It scared her and it scared me.so we filed a police report.”
Police told Kross and her daughter that there was nothing they could do against the harassment, Kross added.
According to Kross, Walker told Tremillo during the attack to “go file a report on that now.”
Kross confirmed the issues between the girls were over a boy, but declined to comment further.
She shared a screen recording with The US Sun that apparently shows the attacker’s Snapchat story, which featured clips of the attack as well as several selfies of Walker.
One selfie was captioned: “Talk your fu****gs**t now b***h!!!”
Another read: “Keep my cousins name and my name out your f*****g mouth b***h don’t play with me.”
A third said: “I’m okay guys untouched as always.”
Snapchat told The US Sun: “Using Snapchat to share videos of someone being attacked is strictly against our rules. We encourage people to report harmful content to us immediately through our in-app tools. Even though Snaps disappear, we are still able to review reported content so we can investigate and take appropriate action.”
They are currently reviewing the footage in question.
Tremillo was rushed to the hospital after the beating, and she suffered a sprained ankle and a concussion, according to Kross.
However, the mother says the emotional pain has been worse than the physical injuries.
“She’s obviously very traumatized, very depressed and I’m really worried about her emotionally,” a tearful Kross shared.
“[Maya] is constantly looking over her shoulder and jumps when a car drives by. Physically, she’s gonna heal, but I know the emotional things are gonna take longer.”
As for what she hopes the legal outcome will be, Kross said she hopes Walker gets some counseling for her anger issues.
“But I do also hope there are consequences and they’re serious enough to help them wake up and not do anything like this again,” shed added.
“I just hope the court system works and the judges will make a decision on what best to do with these girls.”
Both Walker and Vestal were arrested shortly after the incident and released on bond.
Clifton High School, where the girls go to school, will reportedly also take disciplinary action against the charged students and also those who didn’t participate in the attack but were present and watched.
Maya, who is expected to graduate high school soon, will finish her senior year from home after doctors recommended the school allow her to do so.
The US Sun reached out to Clifton police chief Chris Blanton, who declined an interview.
He wrote on Facebook: “We understand that tensions are high in this case and people are upset about this situation, but things are being handled and the wheels of justice sometimes turn slow but they are turning.”
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